Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Sunshine of Their Smiles.

The 'kids' from Jurong Secondary School (1977) held their Reunion at our abode from July 23-25 - and this lovely photograph of them taken by my brother Mus aka sunnysideup says everything I want to say about those three days.

Amongst them are two Chinese, two Indians, one Peranakan and two Malays. It is vital that I state their racial background because their close friendship which they nurtured for over 30 years since they left school bears testimony to what Singaporeans and Malaysians should be and can be.

I have decided to keep this happy picture on my side-bar, to remind me that some thirty plus years ago I managed to do something right.

The complete gory details of that Reunion will come later.

Shyama, I hope you are now safely ensconced in Jakarta.

Roy (Raden Rohaya), have a safe journey back to Perth and your kids on Monday.

As for the Singapore lasses: Irene, Lely, Oi Bek and Ruqxana, keep on swinging.

Din will have to polish up his act before Ben comes along to challenge his thorny status amongst the roses.


Wan Sharif said...

Salam AsH,
Some not so gory details I hope..
always find your post on your schoolchildren (adults) interesting..
Obviously you have done.. lot of things right.. as I can read from comments/ cards/quotes from your kids and students
Take good care ..

ruqxana said...

I like the name - the rainbow band! :)

I had such a lovely weekend, Ms Hamid. Thank you so much for your hospitality and love. Alas the weekend had to end but there will always be the wonderful memories.

Raden Rohaya Lopez said...

Thank you, thank you so much for having us...especially Uncle Iain
who welcome me with open arms for
the first time!
Meeting you after 33 years sure brought tears to my eyes, lets hope we keep these friendship forever...

Anonymous said...

To the rainbow band,

Thank you for welcoming me,a stranger to you but complete with stories from ph which you should be suspicious of, with unconditional hugs and kisses!

The rainbow would always be there, come rain or shine and especially in betweens... Nice to have met you all, all in one place!

p/s and ph , I love you too without your achar and kuih tart. Unconvicing? Nahhh're right!


ph said...

Thank you AsH for being the The Teacher then and now.

And to you too Uncle Iain, thank you very much.

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Wan Sharif,

I feel very blessed for knowing and having these 'kids' in my life. That is the utmost joy of being a teacher.

Salam and see you later.

anak si-hamid said...

Dear Ruq,

It was our great or rather greatest pleasure to have you and the rest sleeping over.

These are good memories to keep but there are still lots of room to create more happy memories.

You lot are good at doing that - at being happy and at spreading it.

anak si-hamid said...

Dear sweet Roy,

Despite 33 years and two kids (on your part) you are still the same loving and considerate 16 year old I knew.

Uncle has got used to Lely, Oi Bek and Ruk and so meeting you and catching up with Irene is just one more 'kid' to welcome and tease.

It was just like old times to see you all again under one roof

Come back anytime - here or in Leicester.

Take care and have a safe journey home.

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Maria,

You can be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

But first, ph needs some magic numbers.

anak si-hamid said...


AsH and Uncle Iain have decided that you're quite a nice person and you have been given special dispensation to visit us again - but no more than a weekend.

However Comot thinks otherwise and she's demanding that you should stay for longer - and share her 'room' on the verandah.

Irene said...

Dear Ms Hamid,
There's another reason to add a little more smile to my face now. I have just checked the lottery results and discovered i have won S$100 for buying 0061.
0061 was the que number that Ruk got from the clinic near your place. 61 is also the year we were born. The number came out in a permutated manner and $100 is what i won! Heehee...
Thank you for hosting us at your place! :)
(I know... so rotten of me to appear here telling ex-teacher about lottery! Sorry, but good news must share!)

ph said...

Maria aka The Mergendeng Queen, besides the lucky numbers i will like to have the chocolate cake that you baked for AsH.

anak si-hamid said...


Don't share good news only, lah. Why not share the loot?

How do we know you didn't win $100,000?

Lely is not going to speak to you again you know.

Irene said...

No further comments when lottery is concerned but heartfelt thanks to you and Uncle Iain for a wonderful weekend, really!

ph said...

Irene, this Sunday you have to belanja us ice kachang.